January 31, 2000

Canadian Forces Sponsor Tune Contest

The Canadian Forces have announced a competition for three new “parade music” compositions written especially for the Canadian Forces, including a “lament for solo bagpipes.”

In a somewhat confusing move, the contest offers a prize of $1000 to the winning pipe tune, but three times as much for the quick and slow marches written for military bands.

The winning lament for pipes will get its first public airing at the ceremony commemorating the Repatriation of Canada’s Unknown Soldier in May 2000. The military marches will debut at the Canadian Forces Massed Bands Beating Retreat Ceremony on July 20 to 22, 2000.

All entrants will receive a Certificate of Participation, and a professionally recorded CD of their composition.

Entries will be judged by a selection board chaired by Lieutenant-Colonel Denis Bouchard, Canadian Forces Supervisor of Music. The board will consist of recognized leaders, military and civilian, in the field of music.

The Canadian Forces could not be reached for comment on why the pipe tune prize is only a third of the prize for other music.


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